When she’s not keeping readers of the Calla blog up-to-date on new product releases, recounting tales of being hit on by customers or describing the quirks of life in SL and the real world, Tigerlily Koi of Calla is quietly glued to a pose stand primping her new hair creations. Koi and her partner-in-crime, Haedon Quine, met while playing The Sims Online. Their gaming interests took them to several other worlds and eventually led to Second Life where they now own a retail sim dedicated to the craft of coiffe.
After participating in a slew of building instruction classes and trying her hand at creating different items, Tigerlily found that she had a strong penchant for hair design, “I spent weeks upon weeks in Teazers classes trying to figure things out. My shoes were horrible. My furniture was mediocre. My jewelery was not great either. But I was getting the concepts. One day in complete frustration, I went to a sandbox and tried hair. It actually came out decent!”.
Previously, Calla’s collection catered primarily to female audiences with a few male options in stock. However, within recent months the creators have really put an effort into bulking up on the men’s styles in their inventory. Both the men’s and women’s collection have themed names. All hair for the ladies has been named after flowers, and in similar fashion all hair for the gents has a big cat appeal. With names like “Bobcat”, “Jaguar” and “Lynx” you can put the prowess of feline machismo under your wig. In true metrosexual fashion, men’s cuts are crisp and neatly styled – even the more impetuous designs like “Caracal”, “Leopard” and “Xanthium” have clear, deliberate strokes and defined directional lines. Says Tigerlily, “I try to think of it as something I’d like to see a guy wearing instead of what I’d want if I were a guy. You’ll probably see a lot of ‘clean-cut’ looks from me and things that are realistic”.
“It’s the single unisex style we have, so it got stuck as a plant. ‘Xanthium‘ means pertinacity, rudeness – which seemed appropriate for male or female”.
One of the styles that I find to be particularly charming is “Snow Leopard” (shown left in red – gotta fill the redhead content now what Ryan is on vacation). Sensitive artsy guy hair. Guitar, angsty poem set to atonal music, and wraspy voice not included. The grown-out bangs softly frame the face and partially cover the eyes – creating a non-threatening, mysterious impression brooding with intellectual creativity. The haircut has been composed with the same affable simplicity that permeates all of Tigerlily’s work. Cool, calm and collected. Ideal for the underestimated surfer-type who quotes Bash? and teaches Yoga to inner city kids.
Hairs are available in colour packs for 200L – each pack containing 5 tones. Consumers are afforded the opportunity to purchase hair packs containing multiple dye choices. The Choice Pack will give you 25 different tints for 850L and a style mega pack containing over 70 colours will set you back 2,000L. Naturals, pastels as well as frosted tipped shades are intensely shaded, complimenting the ebbs and swells of the hair styling and providing buyers with a diverse cross-section of options to suit their second lifestyle.
My mane man, all men’s hair is available fresh and dander-free at Callatropia (125, 193, 23). Select styles (“Bobcat”, “Jaguar”, “Ocelot”, “Snow Leopard” and the new “Serval”) have been specially textured in limited edition colours in benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life Campaign.
It’s also important to note that Tigerlily is the brand’s custom hair creator. For more info on how you can get your very own personalized style, check out the Calla blog’s custome page.
|Relay for Life colours